The Q&A Archives: Care for Festival Grass Cordyline

Question: I live in Ringgold, Georgia and the nursery I purchased this plant from told me it would die back in the winter and need to be cut back (like lirope) when new growth comes out in the spring. They told me to mulch it good during the winter.

I got onto your site and it stated it was an evergreen. Can you please clear this up? Will this plant stay purple all winter by being an evergreen.

Will it be better to plant it in a container or in the ground?

Thank you.

Answer: Festival Grass Cordyline will remain evergreen in zones 9 (20 to 30 F) and higher. Your gardening in zone 7 so it will die back in the winter time. You can plant it in the ground and mulch over the top of the plant in the winter, or plant it in a pot and sink the pot into the ground in late winter; after the tops die down, mulch over the container, just as you would the soil. Best wishes with your Cordyline!

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